The Portland Trail Blazers are officially headed to the Western Conference Finals.
After suffering a first-round sweep to the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2017-18 playoffs, the Blazers faced tough odds to make it to the Western Conference Finals, let alone make it out of the first round of the playoffs.
The Blazers weren't dealt the best hand of cards this season: Owner Paul Allen died of cancer in October just days before his Blazers embarked on one of the best seasons in franchise history. CJ McCollum avoided a major injury, straining the popliteus in his left knee in March, which sidelined him for 10 games this season.
And then Jusuf Nurkic, the heart and soul of the Trail Blazers, sustained a serious leg injury, which ruled him out for the entirety of the playoffs.
Each time the Trail Blazers experienced a setback, they responded.
With their backs to the wall on Sunday night, the Trail Blazers once again shocked the nation, defeating the Denver Nuggets 100-96 to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.
Here's a look at how fans, members of the media and players reacted on social media to the Blazers Game 7 win:
19 years since the Blazers have been to the Western Conference Finals.
We've gone through:
- The Jail Blazer era
- Martell over CP3 and Deron
- B-Roy's injury
- Greg Oden
- LMA leaving us
- Nurk's injury
And so much more...
— Alex Tam (@alexctam) May 12, 2019
Oh and you know my favorite play was that chase down block! ✋🏾
— Lamar Hurd (@L_Hurd) May 12, 2019
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) May 12, 2019
Remember before the season when KD told CJ, on CJ's own podcast, that CJ needed to "stay on his own level" and not worry about the teams at the top of the league?
The Blazers will now meet the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 12, 2019
I know Mr. Allen is beating all the saints in H-O-R-S-E up in Heaven. Surely his never wavering spirit had much to do with the @trailblazers rallying to win Game 7 & the series in Denver! He knows more than most that it truly is a great day to b a Blazer! #WCFHEREWECOME
— Brian Wheeler (@blazerwheels) May 13, 2019
— Steve Dewald (@SteveDHoops) May 12, 2019
As a Blazers fan, I fully expect the doubt. No one thought we could beat OKC. No one thought we could beat Denver. Now we're on to the WCF. Keep doubting. 🙌🏼
— Goldy (@GoldGloveTV) May 12, 2019